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Shirt Race outside The Lamb in the Market Square c1959

  • BCA - 2019.1971
  • Item
  • c1959

The contestants in the Shirt Race are at The Lamb Inn in the Market Square. This Inn was known locally as The Tree because there was a very large Ash tree in the garden.

Bampton Community Archive

Selection of dance tickets for events run by the SPAJERS

  • BCA - 2019.2151
  • Item
  • 1960 1970

The SPAJERS - The Society for The Preservation of Ancient Junketing - organised many dances as part of their fundraising events to enable them to give fun to Bampton's senior citizens while everyone had fun.
There are 6 tickets here with dances from 1960 to 1970.

Bampton Community Archive

Newspaper cuttings from 1972

  • BCA - 2021.2511
  • Item
  • 1972

These newspaper cuttings, all from local papers are from 1972. Topics covered include:

  • the marriage of Richard Snook to Shirley Cranston
  • reports from the badminton club, football bingo, the bowls club, SPAJER's pensioners' party
  • Drew Warren hitting a cow
  • another death from the Wood Green School crash (Alec White)

Bampton Community Archive

Account of a 1975 Shirt Race

  • BCA - 2017.1094
  • Item
  • 1975

The first Shirt Race in Bampton was run to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and it's been run every year on the Saturday

Bampton Community Archive

A pair of entrants in the 1983 Shirt Race

  • BCA - 2021.2546
  • Item
  • 1983

Keith Mitchell and Rhona Peacock in fancy dress for the shirt race in 1983. Their pram was made into a coffin on wheels.

Bampton Community Archive

Shirt Race in 1983

  • BCA - 2021.2547
  • Item
  • 1983

Although the caption talks about a 'Street Fayer' the picture is actually of Jim Smith and Martin Barber in fancy dress for the Shirt Race organised annually by the SPAJERS ie the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Junketing. The society organises fun things to raise money for the senior citizens of Bampton and Lew.

Bampton Community Archive

Shirt Races in 1955, c1965 and 1989

  • BCA - 2022.3823
  • Part
  • 1955 1989

These three pictures show the Shirt Race over several years. The first race ever took place in 1953 to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. All the contestants wore long night shirts hence the name.
The children's race is seen by the bridge in Buckland Road. In those days the race started by The Swan Inn just beyond the bridge on the left.
In later years, the night shirts were done away with and with fewer and fewer prams available, the modes of transport have varied and the costumes are now so good there is a competition before the races to judge the best one.

Janet Rouse

Donkey Derby in Sandfords Field 2007

  • BCA - 2019.1978
  • Item
  • August Bank Holiday Monday 2007

Donkey Derby 2007 organised by the SPAJERS and held in Sandfords Field on August Bank Holiday Monday each. The money raised while having fun is to make sure Bampton's pensioners have fun

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